ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 2005 (ICPSR 4524)

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This poll, conducted October 30-November 2, 2005, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President George W. Bush and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, the economy, the United States campaign against terrorism, the situation with Iraq, gasoline prices, and health care. Those polled expressed their opinion on whether they felt Bush was a strong leader that understood the problems facing the respondent. Respondents were also queried on the Bush Administration regarding their confidence in it, its policies, and the amount of influence that various individuals and religious groups had on it. Additionally, they were asked whether they felt that the Democrats or the Republicans would be better suited to handle the nation's main problems and which of the two parties represented their own values and needs better. They were also asked to compare the differences in honesty between the two parties. Another topic of the survey was the upcoming November 2006 congressional election. Respondents were asked which party they would vote for if the election were held at the time of this survey. Questions concerning the ethics of President Bush and the federal government were also included. Some of the questions examined the war in Iraq. These included costs versus benefits, acceptance of the number of United States casualties, progress toward restoring civil order and establishing a democratic government, and whether the United States should keep or withdraw military forces in Iraq. A series of additional questions asked the respondents to give their opinions on whether the charge brought against the vice president's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, was serious or minor. Respondents were also asked if presidential advisor Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, and President Bush did anything wrong in connection to the case. Demographic variables include race, sex, age, level of education, income, voter registration status, political ideology, party affiliation, and religion.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-18.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2005-10-30 -- 2005-11-02

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.

Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site and via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site.

System missing values were recoded to -1.

FIPS and ZIP variables were recoded for confidentiality.

Value labels for unknown/missing codes were added in the CBSA variable.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, October 2005. ICPSR04524-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-18.

2007-01-18 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.

The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. The data were weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and non-sampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily were classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights were assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matched the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey.


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